I want to start this blog by saying how much I love all of you who come here. You are a very lovely, loyal band of readers who are always so kind and so sweet and so giving. Whatever comes after this, I want you to know how much I’ve appreciated the support since Married With Zombies came out in 2010.
But the time has come for me to face a bitter truth, both for me and maybe for some of you. The merry band of Jesse Petersen readers just is not big enough and it does not seem to be growing. Sales for the Living With the Dead series and the Club Monstrosity series ranged from terrible to abysmal, which truly breaks my heart since they were hella fun books to write, all of them, and I think all of us involved in their production had high hopes for their commercial success.
Unfortunately, the publishing business isn’t always predictable and what we hoped would happen did not, despite the efforts of my publishers and myself. I write full-time and writing is how I support my family, so there came a time when I had to take a hard look at where I was and what I needed to do in the future.
So I have decided to step away from the Jesse books at this point. Failure is difficult for artists and I promise you that I struggled with this decision for a long time. There were many conversations and tears in this house as I faced the painful decision that it was time to let this part of my writing life go, at least for the time being, and focus on my other writing persona, Jess Michaels, which I also adore writing and pays my bills.
I won’t be blogging here anymore unless there is some kind of news to share. I probably won’t visit my Facebook/Twitter pages as often(though I’ll still pop in from time to time if there is something I can’t help but share like the horrible clown in the Florida Everglades picture that I posted in June and still haunts my dreams). If you email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), I will totally respond!
Thank you again, to the readers who did buy the books and let me know how much they meant to them. It helped a great deal during sometimes dark times and you are the reason there was ever a Zombie Whisperer or either of the Club Monstrosity books.
I hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I did.